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21 organisation errors that make your home messy

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton

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What does home organisation really mean? In basic terms, it's the steps you take to ensure each room in your home functions effectively as it should, for everyone that lives there. There are, we think, some misconceptions how this can be achieved.

While storage will play a key role in home organisation, that's not the only thing to focus on. So, we've taken some advice from experienced interior designers that know how to tap into real organisational skills. 

If you're ready for a more streamlined home, read on!

1. The biggest mistake you can make is not trying to organise your home and letting it become a free for all

2. Don't mistake clean for being organised. The two are not the same thing at all, but do go hand in hand

Painted Shaker kitchen by Harvey Jones:  Kitchen by Harvey Jones Kitchens
Harvey Jones Kitchens

Painted Shaker kitchen by Harvey Jones

Harvey Jones Kitchens

3. Keeping surfaces too free of clutter will actually make them harder to use. Keep things you need, where you need them. Just not everything else!

4. Don't use a fridge as a family message board. It looks untidy and magnets frequently fail so things will be lost

5. Don't think that having shelving is enough. You need a better system for how you stack and what goes where

Stainless steel plate racks:  Kitchen by The Plate Rack
The Plate Rack

Stainless steel plate racks

The Plate Rack

6. Over-stuffing your cabinets will make them hard to navigate. Keep things in their right place

Bespoke Handmade Traditional Kitchen:  Kitchen by Williams Ridout
Williams Ridout

Bespoke Handmade Traditional Kitchen

Williams Ridout

7. Your hallways is a goldmine of organisation just waiting to happen. Make sure you have shoe racks and storage

Mish-Mesh storage:  Corridor, hallway & stairs by Loaf

Mish-Mesh storage


8. If you've installed pretty storage in your home, use it. We know you want to keep it neat but it's a functional and fashionable item

Marble Vanity Unit:  Bathroom by Ligneous Designs
Ligneous Designs

Marble Vanity Unit

Ligneous Designs

9. Get sensible about small, fiddly items that always tip over or get lost. Condiments and herbs really do need a proper cupboard or drawer

Spice Organisation:  Kitchen by Urban Myth
Urban Myth

Spice Organisation

Urban Myth

10. Don't go overboard with the storage bins and canisters as you'll have to find a home for them too

Glass Jars:  Kitchen by Woodquail

Glass Jars


11. It's a mistake to skip labelling baskets and storage bins. Even if they're transparent, write a label so you don't start throwing just anything inside

12. It's easy to do, but too many toys in your kid's room simply doesn't make sense. They'll only play with a few at a time, so how about a clear out?

Little LEIVARS:  Nursery/kid’s room by LEIVARS



13. To get really organised you need to think about gathering all your electrical cords together. It's safe, makes it easier to clean and looks far neater

14. If you collect things try to keep your interests grouped together, rather than spread out. You don't need every book you own out on display!

15. Not doing your laundry straight away is a big mistake. The smells and bacteria that can linger are awful so, as soon as you have a load ready, turn the machine on!

16. Adding too much furniture in a bid to fill a space and make it more useful is an error. Keep things functional and the traffic flowing freely

Cliff Dwelling:  Dining room by Specht Architects
Specht Architects

Cliff Dwelling

Specht Architects

17. It's so easy to let your under-bed storage get messy as nobody but you sees it. Don't fall into that habit!

 Bedroom by homify

Shortbread Headboard


18. Stop telling yourself that you're used to clutter. You aren't, you're just too lazy to clear it all out

Drop-Leaf Tablet Desk:  Study/office by Bee9

Drop-Leaf Tablet Desk


19. Choosing items that looks good rather than perform perfectly is silly. You know that but you're still tempted by novelty items, aren't you? Try to find a compromise between looks and usability

Urban Nomad Revisited:  Study/office by Studio Isabel Quiroga
Studio Isabel Quiroga

Urban Nomad Revisited

Studio Isabel Quiroga

20. Never throwing anything out is a recipe for home organisation disaster! You must be more ruthless. Remember, if it doesn't work, throw it out. If you don't need it, get rid

 Garages & sheds by de-cube

Garage Shot


21. Don't give in to impulse purchases. We're all guilty of the odd shopping extravagance but, when it comes to home items, you need to be sure things will fit, look right and work with the rest of your furniture

For more home inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: 17 Refreshingly Easy Cleaning Tips That Actually Work.

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